Voice actor John Kassir talks ‘Tales from the Crypt’

Voice actor John Kassir recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about his role as the Cryptkeeper in “Tales from the Crypt” in honor of Halloween.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Kassir by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the voice actor discusses the likelihood of his character and the “Tales from the Crypt” franchise returning to television or movies.

Well, there is always room for me on the ‘big scream’ boys and ghouls. [Laughs.] But I’m just not sure. It was a very expensive show to do in its day. Joel Silver, Richard Donner, Walter Hill, Bob Zemeckis and David Giler – the producers – are still great guys in the business but they were at their prime as far as being able to get favors back then; getting stars for scale and everybody involved in that show. That level of quality is a difficult thing to do.

I think that the Gaines family has the rights back [to ‘Tales from the Crypt’] and they are looking to do something different with it – some other kind of non-anthology style show that that would be more of a serial-type show like ‘American Horror Story.’ Characters from the comic books would have an ongoing profile each week. Hopefully they will do something really cool with it.

It’s a great property and I would hate to see it not be something really good. But I think the fans want something like what we have now. Of course, Joel and those guys have the rights to the Cryptkeeper and he will certainly always be around in some form. We don’t know whether he’ll ever be attached to another ‘Tales from the Crypt’ – but probably not with this other thing that the Gaines family is doing.

I think one of the big differences in the popularity of this particular show over all those other horror anthologies was the connection to the comic book and the ‘tongue through the cheek’ approach that the Cryptkeeper had. So we will see. But what we did is a tough thing to do. My perfect scenario would have been to get Robert Rodriguez and [Quentin] Tarantino to launch a couple of new episodes like they did with Bob Zemeckis, Walter Hill and Richard Donner in the original series and then launch it from there.” – John Kassir

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and BreakRadioShow.com that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

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